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Google doesn't want you talking bad about Ukraine

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I just received this e-mail from Google.

Dear Publisher,

Due to the war in Ukraine, we will pause monetization of content that exploits, dismisses, or condones the war.

Please note, we have already been enforcing on claims related to the war in Ukraine when they violated existing policies (for instance, the Dangerous or Derogatory content policy prohibits monetizing content that incites violence or denies tragic events). This update is meant to clarify, and in some cases expand, our publisher guidance as it relates to this conflict.

This pause includes, but is not limited to, claims that imply victims are responsible for their own tragedy or similar instances of victim blaming, such as claims that Ukraine is committing genocide or deliberately attacking its own citizens.

The Google AdSense Team

Big Tech censorship has apparently moved on from COVID, after running that well completely dry, to the plight of Ukraine. It'll be interesting to see how this affects political YouTube channels and independent journalism that have been critical of mainstream media coverage and discuss the more nuanced details that they seem to leave out.

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